Canada goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld tipped Clarence Goodson's shot over the crossbar in stoppage-time to preserve a goalless draw against United States.
Both teams used the international friendly as their last preparation for their start of North American qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup later this week, when Canada will visit Cuba and US will host Antigua and Barbuda.
"Now the big time starts, the important games," US captain Carlos Bocanegra said.
"First and foremost, start off on the right foot. That's important for us."
United States leads the rivalry with its northern neighbour 13-8 with 10 drawn. Canada has gone 15 matches without a victory over US, losing eight and drawing seven since last winning in 1985 at Vancouver 2-0.
The US squad was coming off a 4-1 loss to five-time World champion Brazil at Washington.
"All in all, we're ready," US goalkeeper Tim Howard said.
"We were a little sloppy towards the end but we're getting into a better rhythm, we bounced back from a loss, we had a clean sheet and now we're ready to get down to business."
The match was the first with Fulham striker Clint Dempsey and Los Angeles Galaxy playmaker Landon Donovan on the field at the same time since Jurgen Klinsmann took over as US coach last July. His record is 6-5 with two draws.
Landon Donovan says he feels back to his old form but the all-time United States leading scorer was not among the players named by national coach Jurgen